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Outdoor Adventure Management – Shackleton

Outdoor Adventure Management – Shackleton is a course run by Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE), Dublin. It is a In-house Training course with a duration of 3 years. Outdoor Adventure Management – Shackleton gives a Course Qualification of Level 5 Certificate, awarded by QQI. For more information about Outdoor Adventure Management – Shackleton at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE), please review the details below.


Outdoor Adventure Management – Shackleton

This exciting 3-year Outdoor Adventure Management course provides students with the opportunities to develop the academic knowledge and appropriate skills necessary to gain employment in the outdoor sector.

The course has gained a reputation as one of Ireland’s foremost adventure education programs, with former students working all over the world in the field of outdoor and adventure education.

Year 1: Outdoor Sports and Recreation (5M5148, QQI Level 5)

Year 2: Sports Recreation and Exercise (6M5147, QQI level 6)

Year 3 option 1: Traineeship in the Outdoors

Year 3 option 2: Entrepreneurship in the Outdoors

Outdoor 1


Outdoor Adventure Management Year 1

Certificate in Outdoor Sports and Recreation – QQI Level 5


The first year of our course aims to equip our students with a variety of personal and practical skills in outdoor adventure environments. Additionally, you will be introduced to the theory that underpins outdoor adventure education and the academic skills needed to pursue a career in the outdoor adventure sector.

Program content*:
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Adventure Activities
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Outdoor Leadership and Safety
  • Sailing Skills
  • Kayak instruction Skills
  • Windsurfing Skills
  • Powerboat Skills
  • Rock climbing skills
  • Rescue and Emergency Care (REC2) first aid
  • Safeguarding
  • Principals of Leave No Trace

Outdoor 2

Outdoor Adventure Management Year 2

Sports Recreation and Exercise – QQI level 6


The second year of our course takes you further down the path of understanding the value of outdoor education in all aspects of life. You will explore the benefits of positive outdoor experiences and all its potential. This course provides the theoretical underpinning of outdoor learning as well as looking at leadership within the outdoor activity sector.

Program Content*:
  • Sport industry practice
  • Leadership
  • Event Management
  • Safety Management
  • Work practice **
  • Sailing instructorship
  • Windsurfing instructorship
  • Kayak instruction skills
  • Powerboat skills
  • Mountaineering and climbing skills

*All modules presented are subject to change and will be confirmed each year.

** A limited number of second-year students can partake in fully funded 3-week work placements in Corsica (Glénans Sailing SchoolCESM) and Fuerteventura (Club Ion) through the Erasmus program.

Students must budget around €1500 per year to cover the cost of personal equipment, trips and external assessments.


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Training ProviderColáiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE)
Course LocationCoolock, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 17
Course TypeIn-house Training
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsOutdoor Adventure Management – Shackleton
Course Duration3 years
Course TimeYear 1: Outdoor Sports and Recreation (5M5148, QQI Level 5) Year 2: Sports Recreation and Exercise (6M5147, QQI level 6) Year 3 option 1: Traineeship in the Outdoors Year 3 option 2: Entrepreneurship in the Outdoors
Course FeeYear 1: €600 Year 2: €520 Year 3: €250
Entry RequirementsStudents must have a leaving certificate or equivalent and must be 18 years of age at the time of registration. Prior to formal acceptance of any conditional offer, you must: attend an Outdoor Adventure Management briefing. submit a letter of motivation that demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively and discusses internal and external motivation for undertaking this course (see template for suggested headings). Water confidence and a good swimming ability is required for this course. Students need to be able to swim 50m in order to take part. Students undertaking Outdoor Adventure Management work placements are also required to meet the conditions of our Fitness to Practice policy along with statutory Garda Vetting requirements. There are opportunities for direct entry to our second and third year with relevant academic and practical experience. This will be assessed through a Recognition of Prior Learning application process. Please contact the program coordinator if you would like to explore this option.
Phone01 8481400
Course Code5M5148
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